1.5 Summary of the Constitution
The Constitution consisted of a Preamble and seven articles, containing about 4000 words. Though the articles were listed by numbers only, the following topical headings could be assigned to them.
IV Interstate Relations
VI Supremacy clause
Article I stated that all legislative
powers would be vested in a Congress of the United States, which
would consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.
Article II laid down that executive
power would be vested in a President of the United States of America.
Article III vested the judicial power
of the United State in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior
courts as the Congress might from time to time ordain and establish.
Article IV guaranteed to every State in
the Union a republican form of government.
Article V set forth the amending process
of the Constitution.
Article VI also called the Supremacy
Clause, defined the Supreme law of the land as being the Constitution,
the laws of the United States and all treaties made under the authority
of the United States. Judges in every State would be bound thereby.
Article VII mentioned that the Constitution
could be ratified by the approval by conventions of nine of